Your tax dollars fund the work of organizations that serve St. Charles County families. For every dollar spent in St. Charles County, 1/8 of a cent goes to help non-profit agencies provide mental health and treatment services to kids and teens through the Community and Children’s Resource Board (CCRB) of St. Charles County. With these funds, we have made great progress, and St. Charles County is now ranked near the top in Missouri for the health and well-being of kids. However, with a growing youth population, new stressors, and an ongoing opioid epidemic, we have increasing challenges as well.
15 years ago, St. Charles County passed a 1/8 cent sales tax. Since this time,
- Teen pregnancy rates have decreased by 52%
- The number of juvenile offenders has decreased by 58%
- High school dropout and suspension rates have decreased by 50%
- St. Charles is consistently ranked near the top in Missouri counties for the health and well-being of children.
These successes will lead to a better, brighter future for our youth.
In spite of our success, challenges remain. Our system will see an increase in demands for services and supports, with an anticipated increase of 25,000 county youth in the next ten years. In St. Charles County, there are an increasing number of children entering foster care due to opioid addiction among parents. And, according to a Missouri Department of Mental Health survey, in the past year 4,000 St. Charles County teens considered suicide and more than 3,000 made a plan to commit suicide. Almost 2,000 kids ages 12-18 attempted suicide in the last year.
We have more work to do, with your help, to fully serve kids and teens in St. Charles County.